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The Platte River Trail is just one of many of Denver's superb multi-use trails, this one stretching from just north and west of Englewood and heading north toward Henderson. The 30.3-mile trail follows the winding Platte River, coursing through Denver's urban landscape—including its industrial face—and incorporating high plains grassland landscapes with the Rockies as a backdrop.
For most of its 30 mile route, the trail winds alongside South Platte River. From its northern terminus, the trail passes by several notable sites including the Pelican Ponds Open Space, through the River North Art District, Commons Park, the Denver Broncos Empower Field, Ruby Hill Park and Overland Golf Course before ending in Englewood where the Bear Creek Trail and Mary Carter Greenway south to Chatfield State Park, where the Mary Carter Greenway joins the C-470 East and C-470 West trails.
You will find bicycle traffic circles at trail intersections, as well as interpretive signs and nature areas along the route. There are cafes, memorials, botanical gardens and numerous parks, offering plenty to see and do. You can also stop and watch kayakers ply the Union Avenue boat chutes.
The Platte River Trail intersects four other trails: Sand Creek, Bear Creek, Clear Creek, and Sanderson Gulch.
There are numerous places along the southern segment to park, including:
Grant Frontier Park: S. Platte River Drive, north of W. Wesley Avenue
Overland Lake Park: S. Platte River Drive at W. Florida Avenue
Frog Hollow Park: W. 8th Avenue, west of I-25/US 87/US 85/US 6
Gates Crescent Park, east of I-25/US 87/US 85/US 6 across from Invesco Field.
Steele Street and E. 78th Avenue
Platte River Trailhead Park, Colorado Boulevard
Northern terminus at E. 104th Avenue
To access the northern segment, park at Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton. Trails through the park lead to the Platte River Trail.
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